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Round-Up: New VW Golf on sale, BVRLA membership grows, Company Van Today issue out now

New VW Golf on sale

Eigth generation Volkswagen Golf - 2019 - Main Image

Volkswagen has confirmed the eight-generation Golf hatchback has gone on sale, with the entry-level model priced from £23,875.

The entry-level model is expected to be the firm’s best-seller and is powered by a 130hp 1.5-litre petrol engine which emits between 122 and 130g/km of CO2 under the WLTP emissions test while it returns between 49.6 and 52.3mpg, depending on spec.

One other petrol engine – a more powerful 150hp 1.5-litre unit – and two diesels  – 115 or 150hp  2.0-litre powertrains – will be offered initially.

BVRLA membership increases

Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive, BVRLA - Image 9

The BVRLA said its membership base grew marginally – by 2% – during 2019 to 1,007 organisations by the end of the year.

The total BVRLA also fleet size grew modestly during 2019, with members collectively responsible for just over 5.1 million vehicles, up 2% year-on-year, it added.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney, said: “We are delighted to have seen another year of growth at the BVRLA, in what has been a difficult year for the wider automotive industry.  As well as seeing continuing growth in personal leasing, we have also seen an increasing trend in the number of commercial vehicle operators looking to the rental and leasing sectors for more cost-effective, cleaner transport solutions. Although we expect 2020 to continue to bring its challenges, our industry will remain resilient; embracing opportunities, adapting business models and changing the make-up of their fleets to meet their customers’ needs.”

Latest Company Van Today issue out now

The latest issue of Company Van Today is available to read now.

Edited by Newspress-award winning journalist Tom Webster, the latest issue’s cover star is Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV, which is tested for the first time.

Elsewhere, Webster sits down with Matt Weston, Peugeot’s new business sales boss, while there are test drive reviews of the Iveco Daily and the double-cab version of the Vauxhall Vivaro.

Click here to access a digital copy of the magazine for free.